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DOT, N.C. Railroad to Lay 9 Miles of New Track

Posted May 1, 2007

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— The state and the railroad it owns have agreed to share costs for adding nine miles of track between Greensboro and High Point to ease traffic congestion, officials said Tuesday.

The NC Department of Transpotation will put up $16 million for the 18-month project and the North Carolina Railroad Co. will put in $4 million, they said in a joint announcement.

The work will include signal-system improvements while laying a second main track to replace one torn up in the 1970s.

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  • special k May 1, 2007

    may i ask why? - i used to love the train, but then i've been riding back and forth since i was a little girl when you could go to the cafe cars and get pizza - that was pretty impressive to an eight year old

  • Huey May 1, 2007

    I rode the train once - about 3 years ago - from Durham
    to Wilson and back just to see how it was. I was not
    impressed with Amtrack at all, no sir - not at all.

  • special k May 1, 2007

    more people than you think use the trains to commute - i used to make the trip from raleigh to charlotte and back every day - it was okay till i had kids - then i had to switch jobs

  • Wake1 May 1, 2007

    That's more than $2mm a mile! I wonder why it's so outrageously expensive?? Let me guess, the State will pay a private contractor to come in & they'll make millions in profit on the job!

  • myview May 1, 2007

    They have "leftover taxpayer money" to do this, but NCDOT can't 'find the money' to build the I-540 beltline and are saying they have to turn part of it into a toll road to pay for it. It just doesn't add up, guys. Our wonderful government is at it again . . .

  • Hip-Shot May 1, 2007

    Now they need to replace a second main track that was removed on the main line North of Rocky Mount. A derailment there and rail traffic is completely at a standstill, plus with fuel prices as they are, plus time while locomotives are waitng for the track clears, it would seem to justify it.

  • ttlchaos May 1, 2007

    "leftover taxpayer money"
    You got to be kidding......

  • edits May 1, 2007

    Why is this news? What is the benefit of this being done? Or is this leftover taxpayer money that needs to be used or lost?